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Wedding Invitation Wording: How To Nail It

Here's how to make your invites practical as well as pretty.

by Amanda Black and Rebecca Hanley

Ok, so you and your hubby-to-be have narrowly avoided causing a case of serious pen-inflicted injury while trying to write a wedding guest list that you can both agree on – and somehow, you’ve finally narrowed it down to 120 (or whatever your magic number is) names! Hurrah. But before you sink into the couch with a well-deserved vino or three, now to the next wedding planning challenge: getting the wording of your invites right.

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Invitation: The Print Fairy

If, like most brides, you want to nail the art of writing a ‘proper’ wedding invite – but you kinda have no clue what exactly you’re supposed to say – read on for exactly which words to include where. Of course, feel free to get a little more creative if you’re game – after all, every couple is keen to personalise their big day a little – but here’s a good starting point.

Traditional Wording

In its simplest form, this is the standard wording template:

John and Sally Smith [proper names of those hosting]
request the honour of your presence [request line]*
at the marriage of their daughter [list relationship of the bride to the host]
Olivia [bride’s first and middle names only]
to Joshua James Wilde [groom’s full name]
Saturday the sixth of May [day of the week, day and month of wedding]
at six o’clock in the evening [time of wedding and time of day]
Plaza Hotel [name of the location of wedding]
Sydney, NSW [city and state where wedding will take place]
Reception to follow [reception line]

*Knot Note: If the bride’s parents are hosting, it is customary to leave off the bride’s last name. If the groom’s parents are involved, the bride’s last name should be included.

One set of parents is hosting your wedding:

John and Sally Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Olivia
and
Johshua James Wilde

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Invitation: Life Is Peachy

Both sets of parents are jointly hosting:

John and Sally Smith
and
Mark and Sarah Wilde
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Olivia Smith
and
Joshua James Wilde

The couple is hosting the wedding:

Olivia Smith
and

Joshua James Wilde
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage

Everyone is hosting:

Olivia Smith
and
Joshua James Wilde
together with their parents
John and Sally Smith
and
Mark and Sarah Wilde
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage

How are you planning to word your wedding invites, Knotties?

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